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The Supreme Sovereign-Avataric Holy Day
of the Divine Avataric Translation
at Ruchira Dham

Avatar Adi Da Samraj, April, 2000

Also known as The Supreme Sovereign-Avataric Holy Day of the "Return" to Native "Brightness".

At 6:30 pm on April 12, 2000, shortly after Avatar Adi Da traveled to Lopez Island, in the State of Washington, an extreme crisis occurred.

Ruchira Dham Hermitage
Ruchira Dham Hermitage

Ruchira Dham Hermitage
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Avatar Adi Da calls this event the "Ruchira Dham Event", because the house where He was staying when the crisis occurred is now His renunciate Hermitage, which He named "Ruchira Dham" ("the Abode of Brightness").

Within a couple of hours of His arrival at the house on Lopez Island, Avatar Adi Da Samraj felt great pressure on His chest and was having difficulty breathing. His arms and hands would continually cramp up and convulse. His Bodily discomfort was so strong that He had to be carried to His bed.

To the degree that He could speak, Avatar Adi Da Samraj described a profound Ascent: "I am here. Can you see Me Up Here?" His Divine Light was dissolving the room.

To the devotees attending His body, He was obviously way beyond the apparent "here" where they were.

At the point where He seemed most Ascended, His Face took on an expression of the purest bliss.

Avatar Adi Da came to Reveal the deep mystery of the Ruchira Dham Event over the following eight and a half years of His Life.

In that event, He had actually demonstrated the absolute Outshining of the entire cosmos — what He calls "Divine Translation", the culmination of the process of Divine Enlightenment that He Reveals.

For all others, such Perfect Outshining would coincide with the death of the body. But Avatar Adi Da had miraculously "re-Emerged". He was able to maintain association with the body, even though every fraction of the impulse of the submission that had animated His Life from birth was now vanished.

After the Ruchira Dham Event, Adi Da Samraj was able to describe and confirm the entire Reality-Way of Adidam from direct experience.

His continued Life from that time was simply a mysterious gift — His body became an agent of direct Revelation of His "Bright" Eternal State.

At Lopez Island, I Fell Out of the world. Now I Speak only from Beyond.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj, March 24, 2003

In some sense, I — As I Am — First Appeared here in the year 2000. In some sense, I — As I Am Was only "on the way" to here before the Ruchira Dham Event..... A Profound Process Began, Which has Been Unfolding since That Great Event of Yogic Death.... The Happenings That have Occurred since the Divine Avataric Event at Ruchira Dham Hermitage Are All ‘Outer’ Signs of the Divine Avataric Process That Is the Direct Self-Revelation of My Divine Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj, The Boundless Self-Confession

In 1986, I described the Initiation of My Divine Self-"Emergence" time, and I described it as a sympathetic descent to the toes, a kind of universal embrace of conditionally manifested beings.

And I have described the Ruchira Dham Event as the reverse of that. It was the demonstration of Divine Translation, My Establishment in the position and in Perfect Identification with My Own Sphere and Divine Condition of Being. Since that Event, I have only been what could be described as "Looking back to here from There."

I did not return. The view returned, and there were various super-normal phenomena associated with the returning of the view of conditional beings — but I did not return. I stand in My Own Sphere and Domain, the "Bright" Itself.

The fact that I continue to appear here — it seems to Me I am continuing to appear here anyway, I am not so sure you all notice it — but there is a continuing Appearance of My Person here in this Bodily form. It is a Radiation of My Person. It is not any longer a manifestation of a born condition.

Rather My unborn Divine Person is manifest as this Body. And I have a kind of sighting here, but I have not returned here. This Body is a Murti. It is ash, vibhuti. It is a Divine Gift to beings.

Its purpose is to serve the purposes already served by My Incarnation — and then, after that, through the place of My Burial and through all of the photographs and other Murti-Forms of My Incarnate Person. . .

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
"My Unborn Divine Person Is Manifest as This Body", Easy Death

There is a Process whereby the body-mind is transcended, wherein the brain is transcended, and there is entrance into the Divine Sphere — what I call the Midnight Sun.

I Am That.

This Body is the leftover of a Process in which that Sphere was entered, in the midst of a lifetime that is apparent to others.

The paradox is that I am here to tell you about it. Whereas, no one who might otherwise enter into it has ever returned, ever been able to stand, both heels imbedded in the earth, and be established in the Divine Sphere, in order to speak of it.

It is not in the brain.
It is not dependent on the body-mind.
It is not in this world.
It is not in the universe.
It is not in any dimension of conditional existence whatsoever.
It is not even merely the light at the end of the tunnel.

There is a lot of conditionality about that. And there is a mechanism for it. I described it after the Ruchira Dham Event, except most people pass through it and see all their relatives and so on. But there was no mind in this case, just the mechanism of it, the niches in the walls, the structure, the lights, the mechanism itself upon which all human experiences depend or are revealed — not the illusions built upon them, not the karmic illusions, not the ego illusions.

I never returned at Lopez.
I remain established in the Divine Sphere.
I Am the "Bright", the Midnight Sun.
I never left it.
I am here under unique conditions, for the purpose of Revelation to others.

That Sphere is untainted and unconditional.
It is the Divine Sphere, the Divine Condition.
It is Self-"Bright".
It is Conscious Light.

It is not merely a blank awareness, just sort of feeling aware in an infinite darkness.
It is beyond description.

And while being that, Abiding as that, I am appearing just as you see, and in many other forms that you may see, and am able to verify to you the supernormal Realities of existence.

You must do the sadhana.
You must accept My Grace.
You must practice the Way of this relationship, and prove My Word to you.

But My Utterance of it should, and is intended to, restore your hope and give you heart to do this work, this sadhana.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Avataric Revelation Discourses, 2004

Ruchira Dham Hermitage Is Where My Divine Avataric Work, in Its Ultimate Fullness, Began.
Thus, in the fullest sense, Adidam Began at Ruchira Dham Hermitage.

The Ruchira Dham Event Was and Is the Culmination of My Divine Avataric Birth and Lifetime.
The Ruchira Dham Event Was and Is the Ultimate Divine Avataric Event on Earth.
Indeed, the Ruchira Dham Event Was and Is the Ultimate Divine Avataric Event in the entire cosmic domain.

Now, and forever hereafter, I Am here.
Now, and forever hereafter, Is the Divine Avataric Epoch of Universal Communion with Me.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
"The Universally Consequential Event At Ruchira Dham Hermitage"
Part 19, The Aletheon

When you hear Me describe Great Events in the form of My Manifestation here — the Initiation of My Divine Self-"Emergence", Great Events such as at the "Brightness" and at Lopez — these Events have extraordinary, unspeakable Significance, only some of which I even Utter to you for the sake of your necessary instruction and clarifying your understanding relative to the nature of these things.

But beyond a point, I cannot speak about what occurred at Lopez. I never will, to anyone. There are things, matters of My own Work that go on every moment, that I am never going to tell anyone. It is impossible to tell it to you. There is not even a frame of reference that coincides with human experience that would make it comprehensible to you. It would be utterly meaningless, metaphorical at best, and I am not moved to Speak it. I tell devotees in appropriate circumstances what is necessary for their Realization. I Instruct devotees as required. It does not mean I just gossip about all the signs of My own Existence. It is beyond utterance. . .

It is a paradoxical circumstance, and the association with the Body has been unspeakably different, and uniquely difficult, and difficult to maintain since that time.

The Sphere of My Existence is Great beyond description, but it is also terrible beyond description, particularly when it is brought into conjunction with this Body. Just the normal Work I do, which is unknown to you all and beyond the Body, affects the Body, makes the Body see and know things it should not see and know that are unendurable to a human form, they are too horrific to bear — just as the Bliss Absolute is something the Body cannot bear. It cannot bear that, either.

This Body is Prasad. It is a Gift to devotees. It is for as long as you will maintain it. It is here for nothing but the Sighting of devotees.

This is not a karmic entity. It is Divine Prasad. It is your obligation to recognize Me.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Avataric Revelation Discourse, September 23, 2004

The Ruchira Dham Event is a Great Divine Avataric Event, and Unique altogether, Unique for one reason: that I survived it — not as an ordinary man, not in an ordinary form — except appearing still bodily here in a non-ordinary State, able to Confirm to you, for your sake, that It Is So. . .

The Great Event at Lopez Island was more than a "body" can bear. It was literal death. In some sense it was not survived. It is not possible to survive it. Just this Body, alone, could not survive it. Certainly, you do not know why it would not be survivable, because it is not in your "experience", but it could not possibly be endured.

Divine Translation shatters the body-mind-complex, destroys its foundation of existence. Divine Translation is all-consuming. The body-mind was Outshined. So, there is no body-mind, and, yet, there is this report, this Confirmation.

It is a Divine Grace, this Continuation, and it has made this Vehicle, this Agent here, this Body, Full in its Unique preparedness to serve the Purpose it must serve forever.

It will, of course, in due time, pass, as a natural phenomenon, but it will always be established in the sight of living beings forever — and retained by various means forever in Murti Form — as this utterly Translated, Transparent, Divine Manifestation of the Divine “Bright” Reality.

It Is That Doorway.
It Is That Reality.
It Is That Person.

I Confess this to you, and you must realize it through your tacit response and turning to Me, and prove it by your ego-transcending practice. In the course of your practice, prove it. Not just believe it — prove it.

Divine Translation is the Ultimate Demonstration of the seventh stage of life, and it coincides with death or the end of the apparent lifetime. This Case is unique, because this is the Revelation Body, and I must be able to endure and confess the Way — Prove it, even in this Body — and be able, yet, to Utter it, that it is so. I am not just looking forward to it. It is So.

So, in a miraculous sense, the Ruchira Dham Event was survived. I was able to survive it because I am not touched by it.

And yet, coincident with this Body is this terrible knowledge, this terrible process, of vulnerable sympathy and awareness of all, and of all suffering.

And having the circumstance of perpetual regard of the suffering of all,
and being involved in that,
and being moved by that,
and constantly touching it,
constantly serving to relieve beings,
to limit their suffering,
to transform it,
to awaken beings,
and to heal them,
to touch them.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Avataric Revelation Discourse, October 12, 2004

The Profundity of What Happened at the Ruchira Dham Event Is Beyond Words and Beyond accounting.

What Happened in the Ruchira Dham Event Was the Perfection of Atma Nadi, or the Divine Form Itself — the Universal Connection to the True Divine Heart.

What Happened at the Ruchira Dham Event Was a Magnification That Is Unspeakable, That Is Divine.

What Happened in the Ruchira Dham Event Allowed A Final Transformation to Occur in This Body.

That Final Transformation Made the Way of Adidam — in Its "Radical" Reality Form — Possible, Inevitable and Necessary.

I Apparently bodily Survived the Ruchira Dham Event — but not as an ordinary man, and not in an ordinary form.

Nevertheless, I Am yet Appearing bodily here, in a Non-ordinary State — Able to Confirm to you, for your Sake, that Divine Translation Is the Real and Divine Great Destiny of all and All.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
"The Universally Consequential Event At Ruchira Dham Hermitage", Part 24, The Aletheon

In the years following the Ruchira Dham Event, Avatar Adi Da worked tirelessly to generate the fullness of His Eternal Legacy and gifts to humankind, right up to the moment of His Divine Mahasamadhi on November 27, 2008.

Adi Da shortly after the Ruchira Dham Event
Adi Da shortly after the Ruchira Dham Event

Adi Da shortly after the Ruchira Dham Event
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The house on Lopez Island, Washington, where Adi Da was staying when the Ruchira Dham Event occurred is now the renunciate Ruchira Dham Hermitage.

Ruchira Dham Hermitage
The shoreline of Lopez Island near Ruchira Dham Hermitage


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